Pheasant Valley Preserve
in Whitman County became Washington’s first licensed game-bird shooting preserve in 1967. Since then, the Wiedrich family has raised pheasants to release for hunters on 400 acres of irrigated bottomland along the Palouse River. In the 1990s, the preserve also set up a challenging sporting clays course, adding to the fun of hunters and shooters who reserve visits by the day or buy annual memberships. Clients who want to stay overnight at Pheasant Valley Preserve can stay in the farm house, which was built shortly after the family homesteaded the area in 1902. The preserve is situated at the end of Wiedrich Road eight miles north of LaCrosse, Wash. These photos follow Dan Hoke, a Cheney-area bird-dog trainer and expert sporting clays shooter, as he scopes out the hunting and shooting opportunities with outdoors editor Rich Landers.